April is National Donate Life Month

Published online: Apr 11, 2006 News David J. Undis
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Are you a registered organ donor? A good guess is that most are not - only about 40 percent of adult Americans are. As a result, more than half of the people who need transplants in the United States die before they get one. Over 91,000 people are on the waiting list today for an organ in the United States, and more than 40,000 more will join the list this year. America desperately needs more organ donors.

 

Many people who haven't registered would do so if they were reminded of the dire need. Still more would register if they knew that by doing so they could increase their own chances of getting an organ if they ever needed one.

 

Now there is fast-growing, non-profit organization that provides this incentive, and is presenting a strong challenge to the current system of organ allocation. LifeSharers is a voluntary network of organ donors whose members have preferred access to the organs of other members when they become available.  They reciprocate by giving other members first access to their organs. Membership, which is free and open to everyone at http://www.lifesharers.org, now stands at over 4,000. LifeSharers has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and is supported by Nobel Prize recipient Milton Friedman, as well as Americans from all walks of life - doctors, nurses, bioethicists, law professors, economists, teachers, students, and parents.

 

For more information about LifeSharers, please visit our online Press Room at www.lifesharers.org or call 615-351-8622.

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